Friday, March 11, 2011
Last year during the Flyers' amazing run in the Stanley Cup playoffs, a bunch of us from one of the discussion boards started having a pre-game grilled cheese sandwich for good luck when we found out that one of the Flyers' players, Claude Giroux, eats grilled cheese before every game. This started in the first round and let's just say we were all sick to death of grilled cheese by the time June rolled around, but if things are going well, you don't stop your superstition until the streak ends! We were doing this for the team!
I've always liked grilled cheese, but a friend of mine who is a big time foodie was shocked when she found out I was using those plastic cheese slices that are also wrapped in plastic. She recommended that I try using real cheddar cheese and corn relish. I love cheddar and corn relish separately, but wasn't sure if I'd like them together, however, she was quite serious and I thought I'd give it a whirl. Wow, it is SO good! Corn relish isn't as sharp as green relish and it works so well with cheddar. So now I always make grilled cheese like that, and since the playoffs are coming close and the Flyers were on a losing streak, I had 2 of them this week. They won both games!
The other thing many of us found out was a neater way to make grilled cheese. I don't know how many people butter the bread on the outside and then put it in the pan, but the chef that works at the Flyers' arena doesn't do it that way, he puts the butter in the pan, melts it, then adds the sandwich. Brilliant! It doesn't end up all messy and the result is the same. So the recipe is:
Put butter in the pan
Take two slices of bread and put cut up pieces of cheddar on one slice. I prefer Armstrong's old cheddar but medium will do.
Put corn relish on the cheese.
Put the other slice on top and melt the butter in the pan.
Put the sandwich in and fry it till it's golden, then flip it. If you want to add more butter, go for it, those are your arteries that are hardening!
Take it out of the pan, put it on a plate and enjoy.
Damn fine grilled cheese!
And if you're hungry, check out Dawn's blog, but bring a napkin to wipe up the drool!